In your life simplification process, you’ve realized that your wardrobe is a real problem. You have nothing to wear in the morning even if your wardrobe is full and you’ve realized you bought some clothes that can’t match with the rest of your closet.
So if you want tips to create your capsule wardrobe, save time and money, keep reading!
Okay, so today, we will talk about creating a capsule wardrobe.
But before giving you the method to create yours, let me tell you a story.
I was a shopaholic. I could go shopping for several hours and buy for hundreds for no reason. And it wasn’t things I wanted absolutely or even wear them after.
When I moved into my apartment, my clothes were EVERYWHERE!! I shared my tiny wardrobe with my boyfriend, and it was a mess. So I learned to organize myself! For a year, I tried to make a rotation of clothes between summer and winter. To make this shift, I bought storage that goes under the bed, which allows us to store many clothes and save a lot of space.
But you know, it didn’t work. It’s ok to be organized but so much better to have fewer things.
I was afraid of looking at my bank account at the end of each month. And even with a decent salary, I wasn’t saving at all.
And it had to change.
So minimalism was the solution. And because my guilty pleasure was clothes, I’ve decided to create my capsule wardrobe.
But first of all,
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe with few elements all going together. For example, you have a top that goes with almost all your bottoms: jeans, a little black skirt, etc … And the number of pieces depends on you. On the internet, you will find a ton of rules about the number of clothes you have. But actually, you will find your magic number by yourself.
The purpose of a capsule wardrobe is to know how to dress in the morning because you know that all of your clothes match one another. Your capsule wardrobe is totally up to your morphology and your personal style. And everything has to be comfortable. You can say goodbye to the pieces that scratch you, that are so tight that you want to remove them as soon as you put them on! It’s freedom!
But don’t forget to include all of your clothes (jackets, coats) and all of your shoes in your capsule. So if you have a coat that doesn’t fit with what you wear every day, maybe it’s to think about selling it.
Okay, so now that you’re with this, let’s see how to create your own capsule.
Steps to create YOUR capsule wardrobe
Create your capsule wardrobe is like your minimalist journey; it doesn’t really end. So be prepared because you always add or declutter something from your closet. And it’s totally okay. You will perhaps change your job, change your lifestyle and your clothes will following you.
Okay, are you ready?
Define your personal style
The first step of all this is to know exactly what your style is. In which clothes you feel comfortable, confident and what are the colors you really like.
I define my personal style as casual classic because I need to feel comfortable for my work, but I don’t really color. I defined in my previous job as the girl in black and white.
So is your style? Do you like to wear colors or black clothes? Do you feel confident in dresses or skirts or a pair of jeans?
If you need help with this, go to Pinterest and search for the kind of clothes you love. For example, I have a board with minimalist outfits to inspire me to create a new outfit.
Put on a board all the photos that you like, that inspire you. And you will find that you own most of what you will see.
Empty your entire wardrobe
Okay, now let’s see your clothes. It’s time to empty your wardrobe.
It is important to see the extent of the damage 🙂 I must say that I was surprised to see everything I had in my tiny space. It’s crazy to see how we can be organized to store everything in a small place.
Don’t forget your shoes when you empty your wardrobe; it will be necessary for the next steps.
At the end of this process, you should have a massive pile of clothes. You will have in the same all of your shirts, blouses, skirts, pairs of jeans, pairs of trousers, sweaters and so on. It will be huge!
This first step will be an electric shock. Actually, when I did it, I looked at my clothes, and I saw all the money I wasted. And I was ready for the second step!
Sort your clothes and shoes
The second step is all about decluttering. You will take your clothes one by one, and you will see if it’s something you wear a lot, or not. If it reminds you bad day because it was itchy or didn’t feel comfortable, get rid of it.
If you need help to declutter your wardrobe, here are the questions that you need to ask yourself :
- Is it matches with at least three other clothes?
- Do I feel comfortable in it?
- Do I feel confident in it?
When you ask yourself these questions, make four different stacks:
- Seasonal clothes you choose for your capsule wardrobe. So now we are in spring/summertime. So you will keep your summer/spring clothes.
- Then you will have out-of-season clothes. These are the clothes you will store to bring them back to the next season. This pile is a bit more complicated. After all, you tend to keep clothes because you still want to put them on. I try to keep lighter sweat for summer, but I store the bigger sweat that is too warm for summer. So try to ask yourself this question: is it really useful I keep it for this season?
- Then, you have clothes that you are sure not to put back. These are the clothes we’ve had for years, and we keep knowing that we will not wear them again. I had some clothes like that in my closet, and I decided to be ruthless this year with my 30-day minimalism game. I will try to sell them for those who are still in good condition, and for others, I will give them.
- Clothes for which you can’t decide. These are clothes that you’re not sure to wear during the season, but you would still like to have on hand.
Then sort the shoes. Think about the ones you will really put on during the season and the ones you do not want to put on anymore (because they hurt you or are damaged too much …)
Store the stack of seasonal clothes
Step number 3 is to store your seasonal clothes. Once you have your stacks, store in your wardrobe clothes that you want to keep for the season. You should see a huge difference in the number of clothes and the place you have now. Don’t fall into the trap of rebuying everything to fill the space! We will talk about it later in this article.
My closet is small, so I needed to find ways to store my clothes. So I fold my sweater in a drawer the KonMarie way. Thanks to that, they are not damaged by the hangers. I don’t have enough space in my drawers for my pairs of jeans so I put them on hangers and I do the same for my t-shirts and blouses. By doing this, my clothes take less space and my boyfriend can enjoy the closet too.
For my shoes, I store them at the entrance of the apartment.
Keep your out-of-season clothes
Then, store in another space your out-of-season clothes.
I have a very small apartment in Paris, and the only place I found to store these clothes is under the bed! I have two different ones: one for off-season clothing and another for storing the clothes I’m selling.
And I make a rotation two times a year. It helps me to declutter things I don’t want anymore or which are too worn.
Decide on the clothes you’re not sure of
This is the hardest part: deciding what to do with the clothes or shoes you’re not sure of. Still having room under the bed, I decided to leave these clothes in well-closed bags but very easy to access. For some of them, you can choose to keep them in your closet, and you will see their usefulness when you’ll change your wardrobe next season. You can decide to keep them for a year and see if you will wear them or not.
I decluttered many of these clothes during my 30-day Minimalism Game, and I felt so good about this. It was clutter in my apartment and clutter in my mind. I felt such relief when I decided to let them go.
Declutter clothes you don’t want anymore
Finally, declutter clothes you don’t want anymore.
Put aside those that are in good condition to sell them later. For those which are too worn, I throw them away.
For the clothes I want to sell, I use a dedicated application. It works very well, and you will quickly become addicted! And you will earn a little money for the next step!
If I don’t sell the clothes within three months, I give them to charity.
Okay, so now you have your closet. You must feel so good! You only have clothes you love, in which you feel great and confident.
But it’s not finished yet.
You have your Pinterest board, and you have your outfits. So try to create as many outfits as possible with what you have. Try to mix up the blouses, the skirts and so on. You will find combinations of outfits. It will be much easier to be dressed up in the morning, and finally, with fewer clothes, you will have the feeling of wearing something different every day. It’s pretty tempting, right!
It’s like shopping in your closet. You find inspiration on Pinterest, and you try as much as possible to replicate what you see with the clothes you have.
Make a shopping list
The final step is to make a shopping list. Once everything is tidy, you will know what pieces are missing to create perfect outfits.
For my part, I needed a few pieces that I have missed for quite some time, like a white shirt, not too well fitted but can be worn under a sweater or a jacket. Perhaps you just need a black blazer to match with a lot of tops. I also required flat black boots that go with absolutely all of my outfits.
Once you make a list, I recommend not to rush on the first pieces that correspond roughly to what you want. But ask yourself questions about the cut, comfort, and know if it will really go with all the wardrobe. In addition to these pieces, you must not fall into the trap of buying many other things that you don’t need and that don’t go at all with what you have selected. But you can decide to take some pieces a little more trendy and fit with your personal style to spice up your looks.
Tell me in the comments below if you’re interested in a capsule wardrobe or if you already have one!